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Not In My Heart, No!

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6


Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. This story is about crafty Mr. Fox, who steals food from farmers. While raiding a squab farm one day, Mr. Fox and his wife Felicity trigger a trap and become caged. Felicity tells Fox that she is pregnant, and she pleads with him to find a safer job once they escape. Fox becomes a newspaper columnist and moves his family into a big home at the base of a tree.


But two years (or 12 "Fox years") after promising Felicity that he would quit stealing, Fox returns to his old ways. Every night, he sneaks out to steal from local farmers. The farmers eventually get fed up with Mr. Fox's thieving ways, so they dig their way into the Foxes' home. Fox and his family huddle underground with nowhere to go. One night, Felicitiy tells Fox, "Twelve fox years ago, you made a promise to me, while we we're caged inside that fox trap, that if we survived, you would never steal another chicken, turkey, goose, duck, or a squab, whatever they are, and I believed you." She starts to cry. "Why did you lie to me?"


"Because I'm a wild animal," Fox replies. His wife counters, "But you are also a husband and a father!" Mr. Fox says, "I'm just trying to tell you the truth about myself."


Jesus told the truth about us all in Mark 7: For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” It is sobering to recall that these "dirty dozen plus one" issues lurk in my heart and in your heart. Saints though we may be via the Spirit's power, we daily combat the particular proclivities that "turning to my own way" brings about. The same root, our sinful nature, grows a variety of manifestations.


This is one reason Jesus urged his followers to "abide in me and allow my words to abide in you." Like manna gathered daily in the wilderness, we need salvation constantly. Yesterday's manna is no good today. I'm learning to present my heart to Jesus each morning for cleansing, purging, and filling with His personality; aren't you?


Fighting the lurking ones, Perry Floyd




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